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Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Photay - Onism

Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017: Photay - Onism

While it may have slipped under the radar of most, Photay's album Onism was one of the most rewound records to grace the Bleep office stereo in 2017. Having caught our attention a few years back with his debut 12", Onism made good in the following years with drip-fed tracks of his unique disco-leaning hip-hop hustle. Onism is an album packed with ear-worms expertly designed to make you move no matter your state of mind.

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2017's most quietly influential album landed in the form of Photay's Onism, having been turned onto his self-styled brand of boogie 'n' beats via Martyn LuckyMe back in 2014, we have been thirsting for something longer from the NY producer for some time. Ripe with a disco-leaning hip-hop hustle that has instantly seen it slide right into the middle of our daily office-wide listening habits. Make no mistake, if you are high into the LuckyMe and Brainfeeder joints, then this is one of the years finest no doubt...

Kuhn, Paul Jones and Obey City’s label venture Astro Nautico front the latest in their line of releases from Brooklyn producer Photay. Onism - the word, incidentally, is linguist John Koenig’s term for the frustration that comes from being stuck in one body, in one place, at one time - is a deftly composed album that draws as much from the natural world as it does from other musics. Track titles like ‘Eco Friend’ and ‘Off-Piste’ should bely the ecocriticism at the heart of Onism. When one gets to the music, one finds plenty of dense rhythmic interplay atop the sort of friendly clubisms that feature heavily in Giles Peterson’s mixes. Opener ‘Screens’ and Madison McFerrin collaboration ‘Outre Lux’ are particularly soulful jams.

Top 10 Albums of the Year 2017

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    November 2017
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    2017 was a momentous year for music within our world, and with our top 10 albums we have compiled what we consider to be the most important releases from across the board.

    While the top spot is taken with the razor-sharp electronica of Jlin's Black Origami, Lee Gamble landed on Hyperdub pushing the boundaries of ambient jungle forward, while Brainwaltzera's update on the classic Braindance sound topped the acid-electronic revival by a mile. With new age receiving a massive resurgence in 2017, the most notable releases by far were from Visible Cloaks mystical reaching Reassemblage, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's influence exploring transitions of youth within The Kid and Alessandro Cortini's AVANTI presenting emotionally charged trip into the misty realms of nostalgia. Each album shone a light on a different aspect of this freshly realised sound.

    2017 also heralded the much-anticipated arrival of contemporary R&B icon Kelela's debut album Take Me Apart, an incredibly powerful album of soaring songcraft and experimental electronics delivered with a soulful edge. While Forest Swords turned in his greatest album to date with Compassion, splitting between the ecstasy and melancholy of his earlier recordings, his Compassion offered a journey through the nightland edges of his sound world. A journey perfectly complimented by Blanck Mass' brilliant album of brainfreeze techno and angle grinder electronics that was World Eater. While a special dedication goes out to Photay whose Onism packed in the year's tightest selection of ear worms designed to move your mind.

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